Session Tracks

Sessions will be selected based ONLY on the title, experience level and description of the proposed session. In the past, we have given preference to sponsors and/or previous speakers before anyone else.

After much discussion, we've decided this isn't the fairest approach. We discovered we were selecting sessions based on criteria that didn't always get us the best content, and this year we're determined to do it differently.

Sessions are organized by track (see below), and experience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

Here are some tips to maximize the potential for your session acceptance:

  • Tell a Story
    A high quality speaking proposal isn’t just about what information you are going to share, it’s about how you plan to share it. Telling a story can make a conference proposal very powerful as it changes the perspective from “I’m an expert telling you how to do your job” to “I’ve been where you are and have felt your pain. Let me share what I learned.”
     
  • Share the Takeaways You Will Be Presenting
    Often, talks answer questions that start with “how”, “why”, “when” and so on. Make sure that you demonstrate what your audience will walk away having learned.
     
  • Proofread your Proposal
    This may sound like an easy and silly thing to call out, but it is in fact a very important step that many don't pay too much attention to. Double-check your spelling, your links, your grammar - you're presenting yourself with these words, so make sure you put your best foot forward.

*excerpts taken from BadCamp and Usability.gov

Session Tracks

The Coding and Development track is focused on educating developers on the latest techniques and tools for increasing the quality and efficacy of their projects. Topics will include best practices for coding and debugging in Drupal 8, making decisions and plans for migrating sites from earlier versions of Drupal or other systems, upgrading contrib to Drupal 8, engagement with other frameworks and technologies, high performance and large scale development experiences, and exploring the advantages of participating in open-source culture. Come share the vast wealth of knowledge and lessons learned and collaborate with other engineers from around the world!

The Community and Being Human track is all  about the human and community aspects of the Drupal and the larger Open Source world.  Learn about how to be happy and healthy at work, how to be a productive team and community member, how the community and project support each other, how you can contribute to the community no matter your expertise, and more. This track is also for everyone wanting to hear stories about how Drupal helped make dreams come true.

This track examines the planning, development, information architecture, and management of  web content  and how we drive action  to our core audiences and diverse users. The Content Strategy and Analytics track also examines data, analytics, and other quantitative metrics that content creators and marketers use to make informed decisions about the quality and effectiveness of  their content.

Design, Theming and User Experience (UX), and Accessibility form the foundation of all interactions on the web and require consideration beyond the web. These interactions include off-screen/non-web interactions that  diverse users may have when they interact with your company, product, service, and/or environment.

DevOps is the convergence of technologies between application / software development and cloud / server management. The DevOps space has exploded, in recent years,  due to the need for thousands of businesses and agencies to rapidly scale up their web and software applications. This track covers everything from performance monitoring, security policy, tools and implementation, privacy/efficacy DevOps methods, and continuous integration and deployment.

Keynote speakers are well known for their expertise in a particular field, or who have wide name recognition due to other accomplishments.  The Drupal GovCon team invites keynote speakers. If you have a speaker you would like to recommend as a keynote, please email drupal4gov@gmail.com

Good management is an integral component of successful teams and projects. This track aims to discuss and innovate on the practices, principles, and tools that make teams and projects run better and faster. We hope this content will speak to project managers/directors, scrum masters and other “PMs”.

The “site builder” audience creates websites using the Drupal UI and contributed modules. Presentations in this category should focus on what comes “out of the box” with Drupal, and less about what can be done with custom code. The power of Drupal lies not just in the core platform, but also in powerful contributed modules that allow one to build sites quickly and efficiently. This track is designed to teach you ways to let Drupal do the hard work without needing to write code.